Sunday, June 13, 2010

Optic Nerve by Barbara Hammer

" 'Optic Nerve' (1985) is a "powerful personal reflection on family and ageing". Hammer uses the process of optical printing and re-scanned images to influence the viewer's visual and intellectual trips. This is Barbara Hammer's interpretation of her visit with her grandmother in the nursing home. She conveys to the viewer an institutionalized environment. With extreme color, light, motion and sound she reflects her grandmother's loss of touch with reality. With the use of imaging overlays and dissolves, she lets you see what is happening in her grandmother's mind."

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